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Beethoven Piano Concertos Live and Flawless
on 24 January 2010
You won't buy this blu-ray for the HD video quality, although it is very good.
You'll buy this for the superb DTS HD Master Audio quality.
This Blu-ray comes with 2 soundtracks - Stereo PCM and DTS HD MA surround. The stereo is fine but to be fully immersed in the music you will require a quality 5.1 surround system that supports DTS HD Master Audio.
They playing is just superb. Barenboim is a true master conducting the orchestra and playing the piano with such superb control, extracting the complete beauty and emmotion of Beethovens piano concertos. The piano is at the heart of the orchestra (and the music of course), sounds absolutely beautiful and does not overdominate. It is perfectly balanced.
The 5 Piano Concertos were recorded live over 3 days. What I would have given to have had tickets to any of those concerts over the three days.
Remember this is live and flawless. No studio recording. No retakes.
Medici Arts have to be commended - they could have easily milked this with a 2 or 3 disk release. To purchase all 5 piano concertos on one disk with this level of musicianship and sound quality makes this the best value-for-money music blu-ray disk yet released.
Assuming you have a Blu-ray player:
1. Do you have a quality 5.1 surround system that supports DTS HD Master Audio? Yes. BUY!
2. Do you like Beethovens Piano Concertos? Yes. BUY! This is a must for all Beethoven fans.
3. Want to show off your ultra expensive HD Cinema system? BUY!
Frankly the best live Beethoven Piano Concertos. Congratulations Mr Barenboim.
I also wish it were available on SACD or DVD-Audio as well.